Moscow Mule Cocktail Origin
Edwin H. Land invented the Polaroid Land Camera in 1947. Instant photography was born.
John G. Martin was an executive at Heublein drinks and used one of Land's handy-dandy tools to quickly go bar-crawling and take pictures of bartenders with a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka and a copper Moscow Mule in one hand.
Although Martin claimed that the Moscow Mule was invented in 1941, Jack Morgan, the owner of Los Angeles' British pub Cock ‘n’ Bull, may have created it. According to Eric Felton's 2007 article in Wall Street Journal, Wes Price, the head bartender at Cock 'n Bull, claimed the recipe. It's a more convincing argument that an actual bartender made it.
We do know that Martin bought the rights to Smirnoff for Heublein in the late 1930s. However, he was having trouble convincing Americans to try the product. Vodka was not very popular in America back then. It is well-known that Morgan ordered too much ginger ale for his bar and had trouble getting rid.
Ted Haigh adds another pertinent fact to the story in his book Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails: Morgan had a girlfriend who owned an enterprise that produced copper products. Therefore, the copper Moscow Mule cups were easy to find for him. No masterpiece cocktail glass, but refreshing to have something robust and rough.
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Recommended Bar Equipment
- 60 ml Vodka
- 60 ml Lime Juice
- Ginger Beer
- Add ice to a copper cup or a regular glass like I do 😉
- Add your vodka and lime juice.
- Now top the drink of with a good amount of ginger beer.The amount is 100% up to you.
- Garnish with mint and lime.